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03 24th, 2009

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It wasn’t just the legions of concertgoers wandering the streets who were twittering at South By Southwest. Many of the acts were posting tweets throughout the music conference and festival, sometimes even on stage or during interviews.

Microblogging by performers shed a new light on their SXSW experience, revealing the fun, fatigue and frenzy of the annual Austin music event – which concluded early yesterday, local time.

Dave Navarro, the guitarist for Jane’s Addiction, took a photo of this reporter in the middle of an interview of the band, later explaining a negative story would mean the wrath of his Twitter followers. Later, after playing “Three Days,” he tweeted from the stage: “We just played 3 days!!!! Yeah!”

Colin Meloy, the frontman for the Decemberists, perfectly reflected typical pre-show and post-show emotions. Shortly before performing the band’s new folk opera The Hazards of Love for the first time, he wrote: “Krikes! Nervous as all get up. Think good thoughts.”

Full Story @ The New Zealand Herald

Janes Addictions Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro play at the South By Southwest festival. Photo / AP

Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro play at the South By Southwest festival. Photo / AP

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As this year’s South By Southwest Conference winds down in Austin, Billboard takes a look at the winners and losers of the event.

Winners:
Twitter: Brevity is usually the soul of wit, but very few people define “omg sxsw rulez! this show is awesome. beer!” as witty. Still, Twitter was far and away the preferred method for reporting from SXSW, providing readers with a steady stream of reports on long lines, good BBQ, and bands to watch.

Publishers: There’s a reason ASCAP and BMI’s names are everywhere and they’re the only ones with good food at their parties. In a year when almost everything was down, publishing was way up.

NPR: For those seeking a more than 140 characters worth of coverage, public radio delivered, with packed parties and plenty of broadcasts.

Rock stars: Jane’s Addiction, Metallica and Kanye West generated huge amounts of coverage and long lines at their shows.

Losers:
Blogs: The rise of Twitter meant the fall of many an indie blog’s coverage of the festival. Idolator only had a few posts a day and seemed to only have one staffer on the ground; Stereogum‘s coverage was limited to talking about listings, and the site didn’t sponsor any events. Brooklyn Vegan‘s parties were well attended, but their coverage was pretty much limited to their own events.

Cell service providers: Networks crashed periodically as the sheer amount of Blackberries and iPhones in Austin overloaded them.

Emerging bands: No clear winners emerged as bands to watch this year — some certainly solidified buzz and gained new fans, but no one act will leave SXSW with “next big thing” status.

The poor and hungry: The first thing to go in the recession was the copious amounts of free food and booze offered at fesitvals past. The guy selling bad pizza to drunk kids on 6th Street, however, is certainly not complaining.

– Cortney Harding

Article from Billboard.biz

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“I’ve always found Lily’s briticisms (e.g., “on a blag,” “get a Chinese,” etc.) even more charming than her potty mouth, so it’s fun to see the pop star get an over-the-top Americana makeover. Here she’s a guest on the fictional ’70s C&W program The Wagon House. Incidentally, the song’s about premature ejaculation (Lily’s not a fan). You probably didn’t expect its video to feature barnyard animals. I’m guessing, I don’t know you that well. Get on your (cowboy) boots…” Full Story @ Stereogum

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The official twitter page for Southern California’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has confirmed that Sri Lankan MC M.I.A. will replace Amy Winehouse, who had to drop off the bill for Saturday, April 18th, due to issues with obtaining a work visa to come to the United States. M.I.A. will take Winehouse’s Saturday-night spot, subheadlining…  Full Story @ onethritybpm

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Topspin and Berkleemusic.com, the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, today announced an exclusive partnership to develop online music courses designed to teach artists, managers and labels on effective use of the Topspin platform to market music and develop fan relationships. The first online course, entitled “Marketing your Music with Topspin,” will be released in September 2009, with course enrollment beginning in July 2009.

In “Marketing your Music with Topspin,” students will learn to market and promote their music using the Topspin direct-to-fan software. The course takes an in-depth look at the unique Topspin marketing, management and content distribution platform, and covers all aspects of the software including fan acquisition and relationship management tools, widget publishing, content management, packaging and promotion, and more.
Full Story @ Business Wire

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Pop star Nelly Furtado is not the first major-label musician to start her own label, but she is one of the few to do it with an indie. Furtado is launching Nelstar in cooperation with the Canadian independent label group Last Gang Labels.

The Toronto-based electro-dance band Fritz Helder & the Phantoms is the first act signed to Nelstar and will release its debut album July 7.

Full Story @ Billboard

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Jack White has formed a new group called The Dead Weather with The Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart. White takes drum and vocal duties, while The Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence and Queens of the Stoneage guitarist Dean Fertita round the four piece out.

The group debuted a handful of new tracks last night (March 11) in Nasvhille from their forthcoming album “Horehound,” due June 9 on White’s Third Man Records imprint.  Two of the songs are available now on iTunes: “Hang You From The Heavens” and a cover of Gary Numan’s “Are Friends Electric?” Full Story @ Billboard

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Macy Gray is slated to appear as a guest speaker at a class about the music industry, which will be held at UCLA in the spring.

The class, entitled ‘The Music Business Now: How It Really Works and the People and Events That Influence It’, is taught by The Doors’ manager, Jeffrey Jampol.

Macy Gray

“(Gray) just made a new record that she financed herself,” Jampol told the Los Angeles Times. “She owns it, and she’s going to market it independently. She’s coming into the class the first week, and she’ll perform and play the new record. Then, as part of their final, the students are going to help write a marketing plan as to how to break this record.” Full Story @ NME

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Justin Hawkins, Dardy Todd and SamStokes – in the studio with students Gary Wilson and Jonathan Toye

Justin Hawkins, Dardy Todd and Sam Stokes – in the studio with students Gary Wilson and Jonathan Toye

Some students at Jewel & Esk College in Edinburgh got a surprise visit. Way to spice up the curriculum, guys!

MUSIC lessons can rarely have been any cooler.

Students at Jewel & Esk College arrived this week to find a guest tutor – in the shape of former Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins.

And the budding musicians kept the rock star on his toes as they fired questions at him on everything from favourite film moments to the more controversial departure of bassist Frankie Poullain… Full Story @ The Scotsman

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